Nursing Times Awards shortlist
Nurses from across our partnership have been shortlisted for the 2017 Nursing Times Awards.
The Awards recognise nurses who are transforming care, delivering initiatives that improve outcomes and widening access to high quality services.
Maggie Gunning, Endocarditis Nurse at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, has been shortlisted in the Nurse of the Year category of the 2017 Nursing Times Awards for her work to improve mind and body care for her patients.
Maggie is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in infective endocarditis (IE), a cardiac condition affecting the heart valves. It is a complex condition which has a high mortality rate, requires prolonged hospitalisation and commonly requires open heart surgery, meaning many patients and families have huge psychological problems as a consequence of their diagnosis.
Maggie set up a focus group in the IE service which highlighted the importance of holistic care for their patients. To meet this goal, Maggie introduced the King’s Health Partners IMPARTS (Integrating Mental & Physical healthcare: Research, Training & Services) programme to the IE service. IMPARTS is an outcome assessment tool that screens patients for problems associated with their emotional, mental and physical wellbeing. It is a key element of our partnership’s mind and body programme.
Maggie established a hospital referral system and a psychological medicine pathway for patients who had psychological needs identified through IMPARTS. She also created a series of steps to educate patients about their condition, including co-authoring a patient information booklet, creating open telephone and email consultations, and meeting with a local patient experience committee to focus on empowering patients and their families to keep themselves healthy.
Service evaluation data has demonstrated an enormous difference to patient outcomes since the introduction of the new pathway, with large reductions in length of stay, re-hospitalisations and mortality.
I am honoured to be nominated for this prestigious Award. I love being in the unique position of actively providing a bespoke approach in making a difference to patients coming to terms with this complex condition.
Guy’s and St Thomas’ has been shortlisted in the Infection Prevention and Control category for their entry called ‘Zero Avoidable Harm is possible - A paediatric spinal surgical site infection surveillance success story’.
A team of nurses at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust working as part of the King’s College London’s Parkinson’s Centre of Excellence has been shortlisted in the Managing Long-term Conditions category. The entry was a collaboration between gastro and movement disorder teams, which looked at how interdisciplinary communication can benefit patient outcomes in a cost neutral way.
K Ray Chaudhuri, Clinical Director of the National Parkinson Foundation Centre of Excellence at Kings College London, commented:
Our work spans a pathway driven delivery of advanced therapy in Parkinson’s Disease, now adopted nationally via the Parkinson's excellence network. We are proud to have a dedicated nurse specialist working closely with our gastroenterology colleagues which underpins the core NHS principle that research should support service delivery.
The research teams recognised that the majority of Duodopa centres, don’t have collaboration between gastroenterology nurses and Parkinson’s nurses. Duodopa is a gel for continuous intestinal administration which is used to treat Parkinson’s disease.
Sally Trump, Duodopa Clinical Nurse Specialist, and Sarah Hoey Nurse Specialist Nutrition in the Gastroenterology Team at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, have been working in partnership to ensure new referrals are scheduled in a timely way; existing patients receive the best possible follow up care in event of common adverse device related incidents; and liaise between the gastro and movement disorder teams to ensure effective communication regarding shared patients.
King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has the largest cohort of Duodopa patients in the country, and has patients who have been on therapy for nine years – the longest in the country. We hope that with continued collaboration between teams, via specialist nurses we can continue to achieve positive long-term outcomes for the patients.
The winners of this year’s Nursing Times Awards will be announced in Grosvenor House, London on 2 November.